The bright little face turned suddenly, and its owner saw the Doctor standing near with an amused expression on his features, and, perhaps, a little moisture in his eyes. She uttered a cheery "Good-morning," to which the Doctor returned, "Good-morning, Miss Effie. This is an unexpected pleasure
." "You see, Doctor" (she blushed and stammered a little as she spoke), "you know I like to take a walk in the morning, and happened to come down to the station." "Of course, quite accidental," said the Doctor, with a merry twinkle in his eyes. "Yes, that is, I knew Frank—I mean Mr. Basset
t—that is, I knew you were all three going away, and I thought I might come down and see you start." [Pg 28] "Quite proper, Miss Effie," was the reply; "so good-bye: I must look after the tickets and the baggage." "Good-bye, Doctor Bronson; good-bye, Mr. Fred. Bon voyage!" [Pg 29] Fr
ank lingered behind, and the rest of the dialogue has not been recorded. "She's a nice girl," said Fred to the Doctor as they made their way to the ticket-office. "And she's very fond of Mary Bassett, Frank's sister. Spiteful people say, though, that she's oftener in Frank's company than in Mary'
s; and I know Frank is ready to punch the head of any other boy that dares to look at her." "Quite so," answered Dr. Bronson; "I don't think Frank is likely to be forgetful of home." Soon the whistle sounded, the great train rolled into the station, the conductor shouted "All aboard!" our frie